Midori visits families at a camp for victims of the September earthquake in Mexico, gives a master class and raises funds for a new music school
On October 25, the day before her public recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Midori and pianist Ieva Jocubaviciute presented a private concert at the Centro Cultural Teopanzolco in Cuernavaca, Morelos, to help raise funds to build homes nearby and also to rebuild an old railway station in Cuernavaca, which will house the new Benning Academy of Music, a project initiated by Midori’s friend Tito Quiroz Angulo
In an interview with the official Mexican News Agency Notimex, Midori said that this was her second visit to Mexico, the previous one having been last January, in Baja California, where some of her students played for people living in the landfill, as well as for those living in restricted circumstances such as prisons and other institutions. That trip was organized by Mr. Quiroz Angulo, who established the Benning Academy of Music in Ensenada, and runs a music program in Morelos, Mexico, as well.
On October 26th, in addition to her recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Midori also visited Mexico City’s Conservatorio Nacional de Música for events that included a masterclass with three violinists and an interview, organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the UN Information Center.
As a United Nations Messenger of Peace, Midori continues to advocate for the United Nation’s SDGs (Sustainable Developmental Goals), which were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Here is a link to a video about the UNESCO-organized portion of Midori’s activities in Mexico.